Aug 26, 2008, 6:42 AM
Kuyateh, head coach of Brikama United, has reacted to his side’s withdrawal
from the 2017 CAF Confederations Cup.
Coach Kuyateh was speaking to reporters shortly after the team’s morning training session at the Brikama Box Bar Mini Stadium on Wednesday.
Coach Kuyateh lamented that his side’s withdrawal from the continent’s second tier football clubs competition was posted on social media Facebook in their league fixtures against Steve Biko due to financial constraints.
Kuyateh further lamented that his team had done their homework after winning the FF Cup title last season, adding that the committee had promised them that if they win trophy they would certainly be going for the continent’s football clubs competitions but failed the committee in fulfilling their promise.
Kuyateh stated that the players were not happy with the team’s withdrawal from the CAF Confederations Cup, adding that the most of them have boycotted training after receiving information that they were not participating in the CAF Confederations Cup due to financial constraints.
Kuyateh further stated that the players had done their work, noting that the former committee were “totally committed”, saying the current committed “are not committed”.
Kuyateh revealed that their withdrawal from CAF Confederations Cup had killed the spirit and moral of his players, noting that he was able to motivate the players and ask them to forget about their withdrawal from CAF Confederations Cup and concentrate on the league.
Kuyateh further revealed that Banjul United, Wallidan and Steve Biko were supposed to represent The Gambia in the continent football clubs competitions few years ago but they withdrew from the competitions due to financial reasons and as a result they were relegated to the second division.
According to Kuyateh, playing in the CAF Champions league and Confederations Cup would really improve the CV of the players and also expose them at the international arena.